According to an story by Daniel de Vise of the Washington Post, the United States Naval Academy (USNA) located just south of Washington, DC, has seen an increase in synthetic marijuana use by midshipmen (cadets). According to one former midshipman, the drug is popular among students including members of the wrestling and football teams.
As a Washington, DC drug charges lawyer, I am constantly learning of new drugs that are becoming increasingly popular among teens and college students. The drug involved in this story is synthetic marijuana (cannabis) sold over the internet as herbal incense with brand names such as "Spice", "K2 Summit," and others. Specifically, they are forms of synthetic cannabis such as Cannabicyclohexanol, HU-210, JWH-018, and JWS-073. According to studies and surveys of users, they create a high similar to marijuana. It is also believed that these drugs cannot be detected by standard drug tests.
These drugs are generally legal when sold over the internet until they get popular enough to make the news and then become "substances of concern" by the DEA and are eventually classified as controlled substances under the federal controlled substances act list. HU-210 was placed on the controlled substance schedules on an emergency basis last fall. It is likely that the JWH compounds will soon be added.
In the case of the USNA midshipman, military law already prohibits the use of these substances, and students have been expelled.
It is my suggestion to avoid purchasing or using any of these drugs for a variety of reasons. However, if you have been charged with possession of controlled substance, contact a DC criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.